Professor Spector teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence, artificial life, and a variety of areas at the intersections of computer science with cognitive science, physics, evolutionary biology, and the arts.

Office Hours (in SCCE C211)

  • Individual (sign up here): M 3:00-3:30, Tu 3:30-4:00, W 4:00-5:30
  • Open (group, no signup required): M 4:30-5:30, Tu 3:00-3:30, W 3:00-4:00
  • Additional times by appointment (email)


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A., Philosophy, Oberlin College

Current Positions

  • Visiting Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Amherst College
  • Professor of Computer Science, School of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College
  • Adjunct Professor and Associated Five-College Graduate Faculty member, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Editor-in-Chief, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, a journal published by Springer
  • Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization, a journal published by the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member, Editorial Board, Evolutionary Computation, a journal published by MIT Press
  • Member, Executive Board, ACM SIGEVO, a special interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery, on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (formerly the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation)

Publications and Grants

Information about Professor Spector's publications and grants are available from his Hampshire College home page. Email for copies of publications not linked there.